In a sudden reversal of his previous stance, TV host Dr. Oz has now described organic food as "elitist" and the type of food associated with "the 1%" and undemocratic snobbery. In his Time magazine article published this month, he portrays GMOs as the food for "the 99%," and explains that "organic food is great. It's just not very democratic."
This statement seems to be a crude reversal of reality, as conventionally produced food is often grown and harvested by extremely low paid workers under duress, while organic food is often produced by family farms employing people at fair wages. Beyond the simple falsehood of this statement is the insidiousness of what themes like this can teach and encourage. It seems that the corporate behemoth media, of which Dr. Oz is an enthusiastic member, are attempting to have the American people view untainted food as some form of luxury, while consuming cancer causing foodstuffs equates to allegiance with the common people.
The truth, of which Dr. Oz seemed to be aware up until this month, is that there is no such thing as a safe GMO or pesticide grown food. Like mercury, lead, arsenic, or many other poisons, the effects of genetically mutated food are usually delayed until the second half of life, thereby creating enough plausible deniability for GMO producers to deny a connection. The delayed effects of GMOs have become glaringly evident after the release of a French study earlier this year, in which rats fed only GMOs developed ghastly tumors, but not until the later stages of their lifespan.
Throughout his attempt to manipulate poor people, Dr. Oz repeatedly tries to connect clean food with snobbery and the upper class, while associating a poor diet with some warped and bizarre notion of altruism or solidarity with common people. There have been many public figures more than willing to dismiss the overwhelming evidence against GMOs. What makes Dr. Oz's statements so underhanded is not only his reversal on the issue, but his attempt to draw the issue out of the realm of physical health and into the much more muddied and abstract realm of class conflict and political correctness. With poor Americans already manipulated, prodded and cajoled into eating dangerous food, Dr. Oz has attempted to provide further cultural pressure to boost GMO sales. Now GMOs aren't just to be consumed because it's good for your wallet. Now Dr. Oz wants you to consume them so you fit in with the crowd.